Local boxers receive a surprise homecoming after national tournament

Published: Jun. 11, 2017 at 9:30 PM CDT
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A group of boxers got a surprise when they returned to Bryan after attending a tournament in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

"When I saw the first two cars I was like, my heart stopped. I didn't know what to think. We all got hype in the back seat, jumping up and down," said boxer Seth "Sugar Ray" McGee.

McGee's father works with the Brazos County Sheriff's Office. Clayborne McGee wanted to do something special for the group and organized a deputy escort when they entered the county.

"We wanted to give them a 'Hey, the community is thinking about you guys,' and make a safe trip back in and give them a little recognition," said Clayborne McGee.

The boxers said they were excited to see their friends and family welcome them.

"I'm really happy right now. The whole town came out to support us, showing us a lot of love. Feeling like I'm on top of the world right now," said Seth McGee.

Bryan/College Station Boxing Club took six athletes to the National Title Boxing Championship. Five of the boxers returned with national titles.

"Our guys were just prepared for it and we're determined to do it and did it. There are no words really to explain how proud we are of the guys," said Coach Jose Martinez.

"They worked really hard, they trained really hard. They dedicated themselves for the last 8 to 10 weeks and the results show for themselves," added Coach Carl Perry.

Even after the big wins there's no days off as they prepare for what comes next.

"We go back to the drawing boards. We've got another tournament. We've got the world championships next month in Independence, Missouri," said Perry.

While many of the boxers prepare for Worlds, Seth McGee is preparing for the Junior Olympics. He will travel to West Virginia in two weeks.

Congrats to Seth McGee, Sara Lopez, Donald Evans, Hunter Matthews, Cris Guedea, and Nathaniel Saldana for their hard work in Arkansas.